Join your friends and neighbors for an after-hours cultural get-together at the Mt. Lebanon Library. Explore a different country or region of the world each month through live music, food, dance and conversation with the artists. For friends and families of all ages!
Purple Bamboo & Yanlai Dance Academy
Founded in 2015, Purple Bamboo Chinese Music Ensemble of Pittsburgh performs and educates the public on traditional Chinese Music. The group is comprised of Ai-Lin Chen on the guzheng (a plucked string instrument), Kai Liu on the dizi (a transverse flute), and Mimi Jong of Mt. Lebanonon on the erhu (a two-stringed spide fiddle). The troupe has recently been joined by world-class pipa (a four-stringed lute) virtuoso Jin Yang, a graduate from the prestigious Central Conservatory in Beijing and fromer professor at the Wuhuan Music Conservatory.
Dancers from the Yanlai Dance Academy will also be joining us to perform Chinese dances in traditional costume. Yanlai Dance Academy was founded by Yanlai Wu, a world-acclaimed professional dancer who studied ballet under masters of the renowned Bolshoi Ballet, and has performed and choreographed around the globe. Yanlai Dance Academy is the only school in Pittsburgh to teach traditional dance from both the Eastern and Western part of China.